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This is a guide to the things we do know, from scientists, doctors and public health experts — a resource that changes alongside our understanding of this virus.

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Daily COVID Update: (July 25)

Jul 25, 2020
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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by 1,426 on Saturday, as the state put four counties on a warning list because of their infection rates and other statistics. Another 12 deaths were recorded, as well.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall COVID-19 case count to 169,883 and the overall death toll to 7,397.

The overall positivity rate held steady at 3.6% for the week ending July 24, and health officials report 1,471 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 341 were in the ICU, and 110 were on ventilators.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by 1,532 on Friday, as the state put four counties on a warning list because of their infection rates and other statistics. Another 19 deaths were recorded, as well.

The new totals bring Illinois' overall COVID-19 case count to 168,457 and the overall death toll to 7,385.

The overall positivity rate held steady at 3.4% for the week ending July 24, and health officials report 1,471 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 325 were in the ICU, and 115 were on ventilators.

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A Jackson County bar is closing temporarily due to the recent hike in local COVID-19 cases and the exposure in the establishment last weekend.

Unionized faculty and staff at Illinois’ universities and colleges want their institutions to start almost entirely online this fall.

More southern Illinois establishments are voluntarily closing for precautionary measures to ensure the safety of customers and employees.

The Frankfort Unit School District office in West Frankfort is closing for the time being to track COVID-19 cases.

Superintendent Matt Donkin reports staff in closest contact will remain isolated at this time.

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Illinois reported 1,624 new cases of COVID-19  on Thursday - pushing the overall total for infections to 166,925. In addition, the state logged 20 deaths attributed to the coronavirus, raising the death toll to 7,367.

The overall positivity rate bumped up two-tenths of a percentage point to 3.4% for the week ending July 22. Health officials report 1,473 people were hospitalized across Illinois with COVID-19. Of those, 309 were in the ICU, and 135 were on ventilators.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller caught up with SIH CEO Rex Budde about the growing number of COVID-19 cases in his oranization's service area, along with what he expects for the next several weeks and months.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is giving more time to those behind on rent or mortgage payments.  He’s extending a ban on evictions through August 22.  A moratorium was set to expire at the end of this month. 

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The state's COVID-19 totals rose again on Wednesday, with 1,598 new cases reported. Additionally, another 23 deaths attributed to the disease were recorded.

Overall, Illinois' total infections now stand at 165,301, with 7,347 deaths.

Wednesday, Illinois is reporting its most confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the month of July.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Jackson county, especially among younger people.

Jackson County Health Department administrator Bart Hagston said younger people are social and may not take the virus as seriously, assuming they’ll have milder symptoms. But that isn’t necessarily the case.

As COVID-19 cases increase, some local businesses have had to shut down due to exposures to the coronavirus.

Rainbow’s End, Quattro’s and Pinch Penny Liquors are three of the local businesses that have temporarily shut their doors as a precaution.

Jackson County Health Department Administrator Bart Hagston said his department helps businesses determine if shut downs are necessary.

Parents, educators, and administrators are working across the country to figure out what school will look like this fall.  Marion’s Board of Education is still crunching the numbers.

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Governor JB Pritzker holds a press briefing on the state’s current response and action plan for managing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Illinois. The live stream will begin at noon.

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School Will look Different In 2020

Jul 22, 2020
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In June the Illinois State Board of Education release guidelines for returning to school in the fall.

Under those guidelines administrators say things will be different when the students return because of COVID-19.

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases rose by 955 Tuesday, and the state added 23 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

Overall, Illinois' total infections now stand at 163,703, with 7,324 deaths.

With just a few weeks to go before some schools are set to begin their fall semester, the Illinois Federation of Teachers issued a recommendation on Monday that called for students to begin the academic year learning remotely.  It is part of a larger union statement on the new school year.  

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Illinois' COVID-19 cases grew by another 1,173 on Monday, pushing the overall total to 162,748. In addition, six more deaths were attributed to the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 7,301.

Southeast Missouri State University is out with its return to campus plan for the upcoming fall semester.

It's called Protect the Nest and includes information on the fall 2020 academic calendar, residence hall move-in, coursework changes, classroom principles, health and safety practices, including the University’s face covering requirement, and more.

This story was updated on July 24, 2020 to include additional information on deaths in group homes.

One of the ways Mikaela Coppedge has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic has been through writing poetry. Her poem “The Fear That Is COVID-19," starts: 

“Since the coronavirus outbreak and then the quarantine beginning, life as we know has all somewhat gone to hell.” 

Coppedge has a rare brain disease called Rasmussen’s encephalitis. As a treatment, half her brain was removed when she was three years old.  

Daily COVID Update: (July 19)

Jul 19, 2020
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In the last 24 hours the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed  another 965 new cases of 

COVID-19 disease, along with 6 additional deaths from the disease.  As of Sunday July 19th, 2020,  the total 

number of cases in Illinois stands at 161,575, and 7,295 deaths.

Daily COVID Update: (July 18)

Jul 18, 2020
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Since Friday, July 17th, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported another  1,276 cases of COVID-19, as well as 18 new deaths attributed to the disease.

These new totals bring Illinois' overall case count to 160,610 and 7,290 deaths.

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Another 1,384 cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Illinois on Friday, along with 22 new deaths attributed to the disease.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 159,334, with 7,272 deaths.

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American professional and collegiate sports are trying to return after having their seasons turned upside down during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In this commentary, WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson looks at how over 100 years ago, the Spanish Flu forced baseball and college football to adjust their seasons to deal with the devastating impact of that pandemic.

Pritzker Deciding Whether To Halt Evictions Again

Jul 16, 2020

Governor J.B. Pritzker says he is considering extending a moratorium on evictions beyond the end of July.  During a stop in Rockford, Thursday, Pritzker was asked if he planned to renew the order when it expires at the end of the month.

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An additional 1,257 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Illinois on Thursday, and the state added 25 more deaths from COVID-19.

The new totals bring the state's overall case count to 157,950, with 7,251 deaths.

Tuskegee Now And The Will Group Donate 10,000 Face Mask to SIH
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SIH received a donation of face mask and hand sanitizer Thursday.

Representatives from Tuskegee Next and The Will Group flew in to Southern Illinois Airport to deliver the first shipment of 10,000 N95 face masks to SIH.

As coronavirus cases surge nationwide, Governor J.B. Pritzker introduced a new plan to address a resurgence in Illinois. 

Ali Schroer was just out of college when she started her first teaching job, but her new insurance plan didn’t cover her allergy medication. 

"So this new allergist that I was seeing in Colorado had said, after several go arounds of me asking to take this medication, said, ‘Oh, well actually know that you can just get it online.”'

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